The Xiongnu and the Comparative Study of Empire

@inproceedings{Scheidel2010TheXA,
  title={The Xiongnu and the Comparative Study of Empire},
  author={Walter Scheidel},
  year={2010}
}
This paper discusses state formation among the Xiongnu from a comparative perspective, arguing that it is legitimate to refer to their polity as an ‘empire.’ It also explores the applicability of a new theory that seeks to explain large-scale imperiogenesis with reference to structural tensions between steppe nomads and agriculturalists. 

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